Reconnection as path to sustainability

This is a story about the weather and the world, and how the two are not separate. Together they are the weather-world, the constantly changing swirl of storm and flowers, wind and trees, sun and grass, rain and fox, mist and human. From our earliest beginnings humans have lived in the weather-world, sensitive to the ever-changing patterns of heat, cold, light, wind, clouds and rain in the sky and the corresponding stirrings of life on the world below as spring flowers open, wheat ripens, and leaves blaze into colours before falling. Weather meant something – it meant the difference between eating or not eating, between drinking or not drinking, between life or freezing to death, and it meant appreciation of the beauty of the natural world as it followed the cycles of light and dark, rain and sun, winter and summer…

by Arran Stibbe, Reader in Ecological Linguistics, University of Gloucestershire, UK



“intheweatherworld” is the website designed and managed by Arran Stibbe (University of Gloucestershire) for researchers, teachers, students, and school children who want to build a sense of connectedness with the natural world, both the slowly changing world of plants, animals and the physical environment, and the faster changing world of the weather, as they come together into one weather-world.

To access the intheweatherworld website please click here.


The Ecolinguistics Association is a network of 420 researchers from around the world who share ideas, opinions and articles about ecolinguistics. Ecolinguistics examines the influence of language on the life-sustaining relationships of humans with each other, with other organisms and with the natural environment. Research ranges from the impact of advertising discourse in encouraging ecologically damaging consumption to the power of nature poetry to encourage respect for the natural world. The Association is convened by Arran Stibbe, University of Gloucestershire.

To access the website please click here.